Asaba govt workers reluctant to resume duty after holiday




Many federal and state government workers in Asaba, Delta state refused to  report at their duty post after the New Year celebration.

The federal government had earlier declared Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 public holiday while work officially resumed Thursday nationwide.

But on Thursday, when our correspondent went round some offices to monitor worker’s resumption, it was observed that some offices were not opened at both federal and state secretariats located along Okpanam Road and Mariam Babangida Way, Asaba.

It was observed that both secretariats were devoid of its usual busy activities as few workers were seen in the offices working in the morning while others were standing in groups discussing their experiences during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

It was gathered that many of the state workers went to work to clock in and left, apparently to avoid being sanctioned by the clock in and clock out state policy.

Some of the workers, beaming with smile, expressed appreciation to God for a successful New Year even as others, particularly federal workers were thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for payment of their salary and minimum wage arrears which they claimed assisted them to enjoy yuletide period.

One of the civil servants who refused to mention his name said he was happy to resume work, adding that, “I am ready to give my best at work this year.” 

He said  he was grateful to the federal government for addressing the critical sector of the nation’s economy. He urged government to sustain the priority on the welfare of workers across board.

Mr Celestine Afokoba, a civil servant at federal Ministry of Information and Assistant Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta council promised to put in his best.

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